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The Lions will try to stop a two-game losing skid Sunday when they play host to the Washington Football Team.
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In progress: Washington looking to cut into deficit before halftime
Washington takes over at the 16. It trails 14-3 with 6:33 left in the first half.
Antonio Gibson is stopped on first down for a 1-yard gain. Alex Smith’s second-down pass to Terry McLaurin is caught for a gain of 6. J.D. McKissic hauls in a throw just beyond the sticks on third down, a gain of 4.
McKissic rushes for a gain of 2 on first down. Now it’s another former Lion getting involved, as Logan Thomas reels in a throw to the 39, a pickup of 10.
Injury alert: Lions DE Frank Herron was hurt on the play.
Smith throws complete on first down to Isaiah Wright for a gain of 6. McKissic goes down after hauling in a throw that’s good for about 3.5 yards. It’s third-and-very-short. McKissic moves the chains with a gain of 1.
Smith throws complete to Cam Sims; he’s stripped after making the catch, but Washington recovers at the Detroit 45, a gain of 6. McKissic picks up the first down and more with a 7-yard run to the 38.
Lions go three-and-out with chance to take three-score lead
Detroit takes over at the 33 after Washington’s missed field goal. The Lions lead 14-3 with 8:01 remaining in the half.
D’Andre Swift is brought down for no gain on first down, and is dropped behind the line for a loss of 1 on second down to bring up third-and-11. Matthew Stafford’s throw to Marvin Hall is well-defended and falls incomplete.
Jack Fox’s punt is fair caught at the Washington 16.
Lions 14, Washington 3 (6:33 2nd)
Washington gets great starting field position, misses field goal
Washington gets a great return of the kickoff from Danny Johnson, who’s shoved out of bounds at the 50. Washington will take over with a 14-3 deficit and 11:47 left in the second quarter.
Detroit gets good penetration on first down and disrupts a screen to J.D. McKissic. A second-down throw to McKissic is caught for a gain of 7. Justin Coleman trips up Antonio Gibson for no gain after a quick pass to the rookie running back.
Washington goes for it on fourth-and-3, and the gamble pays off: Cam Sims hauls in the throw from Alex Smith, getting to the Detroit 30 for a gain of 13.
Smith gets it to McKissic on the next play for a pickup of 8. Jeff Okudah brings down Gibson behind the line on second down for a loss of 2. Smith overthrows a shot to the end zone on third down, which will bring on the field-goal unit.
Dustin Hopkins’ attempt from 43 is no good.
Lions 14, Washington 3 (8:01 2nd)
Lions take 14-3 lead on Stafford’s second touchdown pass
Danny Amendola returned the Washington punt to Detroit’s 47, where the Lions will look to extend their 7-3 lead with 14:02 left in the half.
Adrian Peterson gets his first carry of the game on first down, and he finds the edge for a 13-yard gain to the Washington 40.
Peterson catches a pass out of the backfield on the next play, this time getting to the 31, a gain of 9. Matthew Stafford hands to Peterson again for a gain of 5 and a new set of downs.
Stafford throws over the middle to a wide-open Quintez Cephus, who drops the easy first down. Stafford can’t connect with T.J. Hockenson on second down, bringing up third-and-10.
Stafford takes the top off again, this time to Marvin Jones, for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Lions lead by two scores.
Lions 14, Washington 3 (11:55 2nd)
Washington goes three-and-out from deep in own territory
Washington sets up at its own 7-yard-line. It trails 7-3 with 0:29 left in the first.
Alex Smith throws to J.D. McKissic in the flat for a gain of 2 on first down.
END 1ST: Lions 7, Washington 3
Antonio Gibson gets 3 more on second down. Jamie Collins gets in Smith’s face on third down, forcing a throw that’s short of the target and falls incomplete.
Lions 7, Washington 3 (14:02 2nd)
Lions punt in Washington territory while trying to extend lead
Dustin Hopkins’ kick goes for a touchback. Detroit will start at the 25 with 3:25 left in the opening quarter as it looks to extend its 7-3 lead.
Matthew Stafford has Jesse James open on first down, but the throw is a touch too far. Stafford has his helmet knocked off while getting smoked by Jon Bostic, who was just ejected against the Cowboys a few weeks back for a head-to-head hit against Andy Dalton.
The personal foul penalty assessed to Bostic erases the sack and gives the Lions a first down at their own 40.
D’Andre Swift is stopped after a gain of 1 on first down, then hits the hole for a pickup of 9 on second down. Detroit has it first-and-10 at the 50.
Marvin Jones hauls in a throw near the sideline that’s good for 4 yards on first down. Swift gets 2 yards up the middle on second down. Stafford is flushed while the pocket collapses and misses on an overhand flip to Jones.
Jack Fox’s punt is fair caught at the Washington 7.
Lions 7, Washington 3 (0:29 1st)
Washington gets on board with field goal, Lions lead 7-3
Danny Johnson returns the kickoff to the Washington 26. Alex Smith and Co. trail 7-0 with 7:06 to go in the first quarter.
Antonio Gibson rushes for 3 on first down. J.D. McKissic hauls in a throw over the middle and breaks a few tackles on his way to a 9-yard gain that nets a first down.
Peyton Barber gains 6 on a first-down carry to the 44 of Washington. Alex Smith’s pass to Barber on second down is good for 5 yards and a new set of downs.
Terry McLaurin makes some men miss on the next play, getting to the Detroit 22 for a gain of 27 yards.
Gibson gets 2 on a first-down carry. Smith is flushed from the pocket and forced to throw it away on second down, bringing up third-and-8: The Lions do a good job of breaking up a screen to McKissic to force fourth down.
Dustin Hopkins puts through a field goal from 38.
Lions 7, Washington 3 (3:25 1st)
Swift kickstarts drive as Lions take 7-0 lead on deep ball to Marvin Hall
Detroit takes over at the 8 after Washington’s punt. The Lions look to break a scoreless tie with 9:04 left in the opening quarter.
D’Andre Swift rushes for 5 yards on first down. A 5-yard throw to Marvin Jones on second down moves the chains.
Swift gets to the left-side edge and goes out of bounds at the 29, a gain of 11.
Back to Swift, and he’s got his A-game. Swift goes through the middle, hurdles a defender, and goes down at the Detroit 45 for a gain of 16 yards.
Marvin Hall makes his man fall down on a streak up the sideline and Matthew Stafford makes no mistake, as the Lions take a 7-0 lead on the 55-yard touchdown pass to Hall.
Lions 7, Washington 0 (7:12 1st)
Lions defense recovers, pushes Washington out of field-goal range on opening drive
Detroit has won the toss and elects to defer to the second half. Washington will start with it.
The kickoff goes for a touchback. It’s first-and-10 at the 25.
Peyton Barber is stopped after a gain of 1 on first down. Alex Smith drops back and delivers a strike on second down to Isaiah Wright for a pickup of 22 to the Washington 48.
Smith moves Washington into Detroit territory with a 5-yard scramble on the next play. Antonio Gibson on second down rushes for 4, bringing up third-and-1 at the 43: Gibson moves the chains with a 3-yard run up the middle.
Terry McLaurin beats Desmond Trufant in coverage and picks up 19 on a soft toss into the open field.
Gibson carries a few tacklers into the red zone on a 7-yard run that sets up second down at the 14. Washington runs some trickery, which goes poorly, and ends with former Lion J.D. McKissic taking a 10-yard loss.
Romeo Okwara sacks Smith on third down, which will push Washington out of field-goal range. What a stand for this Lions defense.
Lions 0, Washington 0 (9:04 1st)
Washington Football Team at Lions
► Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, Ford Field, Detroit
► TV/radio: Fox/760
► Records: Washington are 2-6; Detroit is 3-5
► Line: Off